If there’s one life lesson that mothers want to impart to their children, it’s that simple acts of kindness can go a long way. In relation to this, nothing makes a mother prouder than seeing their children apply that kindness in their everyday life.
An 11-year-old boy from New Mexico has gone viral on social media because of the kindness and compassion he demonstrated toward a schoolmate. His mother, Josette Duran, has a series of Facebook posts recounting the story of her little boy’s compassion.
One Son, Two Lunches
Josette Duran has been packing two sets of lunch for her son ever since school started. On a Facebook Live video, the New Mexico woman revealed that her son asked her to pack an extra lunch every day after seeing another student eat only a fruit cup during lunch break.
“I’m telling you this is not for praise,” she recounted how the 11-year-old asked her for the extra food to bring to school. “He said, ‘No, Mom. It’s for this little boy at school and he sits by himself and all he eats is a fruit cup.’”
Later in the school year, the principal called Duran into the office because the little boy’s single mom found out about what they have been doing for her son. She tried to pay Duran back saying, “I know this isn’t much, but I just got a job and I know you’ve been feeding my son.”
Duran then found out that the little boy’s mom couldn’t afford to pay for his school lunches. According to her, the situation is something she knows all too well because she and her son were homeless a few years back.
“I was living in my car and I was washing him in bathrooms. And we didn’t have food.”
She said she could not accept the money, but wanted the compassionate deed paid forward with a series of caring gestures.
A Series of Compassionate Gestures
Duran coaches the girls’ volleyball team and when they found out about the mother and son’s gesture, they raised over $400 dollars to pay her back for the kind deed. Instead of going into her pocket, the money went straight into the cafeteria.
“We paid up all the past due accounts for all the kids who need lunch. So now, nobody in that school owes any money, and now everyone can eat,” she said while trying to hold back tears.
The story of Josette Duran and her 11-year-old son is a gentle reminder of the valuable lesson of kindness and compassion and how they can create an impact on the lives of so many individuals.